To make a long story short, I decided to read “Adventures in English Literature” (a high-school textbook) from beginning to end, since I am feeling quite lost and uninformed in my Milton course. (To get the long story, go here.)
So, starting at the beginning, have just read selections from Beowulf.
So I wrote a poem inspired by it. The rules are:
- four principal beats to a line (but any number of syllables),
- 3rd beat alliterates with the 1st or 2nd or both,
- no rhyme.
You can read Walking the Curs here, followed by a few other “inspired” selections.